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Today is the launch of Nina by Stacey Joy Netzel, Book #3 in Beach Brides, a series of twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. Every Tuesday through August 8, a new book in the series will release.

About Nina…

NinaTwelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Eight months after the bottle toss, veteran Finn Regan meets the woman of his dreams in his Wisconsin hometown. But Nina’s jaded and guy-shy after too many past heartaches—not to mention, she’s only visiting from California. When Finn discovers her fateful message in a bottle, he risks everything at the Veterans Valentine’s Day Auction to convince her a future together is worth opening her heart one last time.

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Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited, click here.

To find out more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

And Melissa McClone is doing a special giveaway today on her blog here.

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I’ve been thinking a lot the last few days about the ties between joy and gratitude. It seems when I’m feeling most grateful, I also feel full of joy.

And when I’m not feeling particularly thankful, joy is rather elusive.

Gratitude gives joy roots and place to grow, to flourish, to blossom and bloom.

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We can find joy when we walk through a day with a grateful heart. Just being in that mindset of expressing gratitude can help is find abundant joy.

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In my quest of learning joy lessons this year, I need to remember by lessons in gratitude. Because a grateful heart is where I’ll find true joy.

 

 

 

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Would you like to meet the characters from Dally?

Way back, when I first wrote Aundy, a photo of a young, ragged boy was my inspiration for Nikola Zorian Gandiaga, a shepherd later adopted by Aundy and Garrett Nash.

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Since then, both the character in my story, and the young man in the photo have grown up.

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Meet Logan Lerman, my inspiration for Nik.

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Logan has a wonderfully expressive face, like I imagined Nik would have.

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And a somewhat devilish smile.

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And such beautiful eyes (just pretend they are brown for the story).

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It was easy to picture Dally losing her heart to him.

Around the time I was writing Aundy, I happened upon a photo of an actress and knew she would be perfect for the character of Dally. I’d already picked out the name and planned for her to be Nik’s true love. Originally, I thought she’d be the only child of a rancher from Pendleton who didn’t know the first thing about being a lady.

But then I wrote Dacey and the idea of having her daughter be Dally stuck. How fun would it be for a daughter just like her to return to the ranch in Pendleton and fall in love with Nik.

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Meet my ideal of Dally – Summer Naomi Smart.

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I love that wild, curly auburn hair. (So perfect for Dally.)

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The dimples are what really sold me (and the fact she’s just beautiful!)

And there you have the inspiration for Nik and Dally!

You can find many more images of what inspired me while I was writing the story on Pinterest.

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Today is the launch of Beach Brides, a series of twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. Every Tuesday from now through August 8, a new book in the series will release.

Julie Jarnigan’s MEG, book #1 in the Beach Brides series, releases today!

About Meg…

MEgTwelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Three weeks later, Meg Mullen’s community theater is on the verge of closing if she can’t raise the money to save it, but she’s running out of time and needs a miracle. Television producer, Elliot Campbell, finds a message in a bottle from the perfect female contestant for his reality dating show. All he has to do is talk Meg into taking the job, convince her to choose one of the contenders, and figure out how to keep from falling in love with her himself.

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited

To find out more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

And Melissa McClone is doing a special giveaway today on her blog here.

Also, don’t forget to come to the series launch party on Thursday, May 25! https://www.facebook.com/events/1386443488139407/

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Dally

(Pendleton Petticoats, Book 8)

She’s ready to spread her wing and fly…
He’s scrambling to set down roots.

Unconventional Dally Douglas is as likely to be found wearing her brother’s britches and riding a horse as she is dressed in lace-trimmed finery sipping tea in the parlor. With no plans to wed, she convinces her family to allow her to stay at their ranch in Oregon. Free and unfettered, she plans to remain that way, even when the town’s beloved young doctor returns home and captures both her interest and her heart.

Charismatic, handsome, and dedicated to his work, Doctor Nik Nash finally makes his way back to Pendleton. After years of studying and gaining hands-on experience, Nik is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the place he calls home. Focused on his career, he has no time for a woman, especially not one as lively, fascinating, and enchanting as Dally Douglas.

When a freak accident brings the two of them together, their stubborn determination may cost them the chance to know true love.

Bursting with sweet romance, this tender yet lighthearted story draws readers into a world of rustic elegant charm.

Available now on Amazon!

 

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For a while, I’ve been thinking about updating some of my book covers. Then someone reached out and suggested it was past time for me to do that.

So, I did.

I hope you like the changes to the Pendleton Petticoats series. I decided to start with these books since Dally will release soon!

I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you have a favorite?

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Aundy (Book 1) — Aundy Thorsen, a stubborn mail-order bride, finds the courage to carry on when she’s widowed before ever truly becoming a wife, but opening her heart to love again may be more than she can bear.

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Caterina (Book 2) — Running from a man intent on marrying her, Caterina Campanelli starts a new life in Pendleton, completely unprepared for the passionate feelings stirred in her by the town’s incredibly handsome deputy sheriff.

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Ilsa  ( Book 3) — Desperate to escape her wicked aunt and an unthinkable future, Ilsa Thorsen finds herself on her sister’s ranch in Pendleton. Not only are the dust and smells more than she can bear, but Tony Campanelli seems bent on making her his special project.

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Marnie  (Book 4) — Beyond all hope for a happy future, Marnie Jones struggles to deal with her roiling emotions when U.S. Marshal Lars Thorsen rides into town, tearing down the walls she’s erected around her heart.

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Lacy  (Book 5) — Bound by tradition and responsibilities, Lacy has to choose between the ties that bind her to the past and the unexpected love that will carry her into the future.

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Bertie (Book 6) — Haunted by the trauma of her past, Bertie Hawkins must open her heart to love if she has any hope for the future.

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Millie (Book 7) — Determined to bring prohibition to town, the last thing Millie Matlock expects is to fall for the charming owner of the Second Chance Saloon.

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Dally (Book 8) — Eager to return home and begin his career, Doctor Nik Nash is taken by surprise when spirited Dally Douglas captures his heart.

 

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At the beginning of the month, I challenged myself (and anyone interested) to a 30-day Find Joy challenge.

Today’s challenge is to play with a child like a child.  And that’s why I love the above quote so much.

Most children have such an incredible view of the world – one not marred by cynicism, failures, anxiety, anger, bitterness, jealousy, or hatred.

What if we could see the world today, experience all the wonder, joy, and amazing beauty of it by looking through child-like eyes? I think I’ll find the edges soften, the colors brighten, and my heart lighten with the joy of seeing life around me anew.

 

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